Chestertown, MD, August 17, 2004 — Washington College has announced the appointment of Dr. Ruth Shoge as the new Director of the Clifton M. Miller Library. Shoge joined the Miller Library staff in 1990 as the Reference and Instruction Librarian.
“Dr. Shoge's proven commitment to the Clifton M. Miller Library and her wisdom and energy will greatly help to advance Washington College's library resources and services,” said Dr. Joachim Scholz, Provost and Dean of the College.
Born in Jamaica, Shoge holds a Doctor of Library Science from Columbia University. After receiving her doctorate in 1982, she served as Head of Reference and Periodicals for the Orange Public Library, Orange, NJ, and then as Reference and Instruction Librarian for Upsala College.
“I really believe that librarianship is my destiny, and my destiny is my passion,” said Dr. Shoge, who discovered her vocation soon after graduating from high school.
“I was captivated by a world filled with knowledge, and I could take control of that world. I collected, organized, and disseminated knowledge in all its forms, and I studied, taught, researched and wrote about that world. I bring this same enthusiasm and optimism to the Miller Library as it progresses into the 21st century as an active participant in the educational mission of Washington College.”
In addition to teaching courses on feminism in the third world as part of the College's Community, Nation and World seminars for first-year students, Dr. Shoge has focused her academic research on the role and place of the library in the lives of African Americans. She lives in Chestertown with her husband Simeon. They have four children: Ruth, 24, Richard, 22, Maryann, 20, and Samuel, 15.